Word-Formation in English
This textbook provides an accessible introduction to the study of word-formation, that is, the ways in which new words are built on the bases of other words (e.g. happy - happy-ness), focusing on English. The book's didactic aim is to enable students with little or no prior linguistic knowledge to do their own practical analyses of complex words. Readers are familiarized with the necessary methodological tools to obtain and analyze relevant data and are shown how to relate their findings to theoretical problems and debates. The book is not written in the perspective of a particular theoretical framework and draws on insights from various research traditions, reflecting important methodological and theoretical developments in the field. It is a textbook directed towards university students of English at all levels. It can also serve as a source book for teachers and advanced students, and as an up-to-date reference concerning many word-formation processes in English.
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abbreviations able derivatives adjectival adjectives allomorph alternations analysis analyzed argument ation attach attested back-formation base words basis blends bound morphemes bound roots chapter combining forms complex words consonant conversion coordinative compounds derived word deverbal dictionary discussion element endocentric English English compounds entities example Exercise exocentric expletive infixation expressed formations free morpheme frequency given affix hence infixation inflection interpretation kind language Level 1 affixes lexeme Lexical Phonology linguistic look meaning ment mental lexicon morph morpheme-based morpheme-based morphology morphological morphological category name truncations neoclassical neologisms ness nominal suffixes notion noun-noun number of hapaxes occur onset orthographic paraphrased phonetic phonological phrases possible prefix preposition problem productivity properties prosodic psycholinguistic question refer restrictions schema semantic so-called speakers stress pattern stressed syllable structure syllable syntactic category syntax systematic theory truncated names unstressed verb verbal vowel whole-word word-formation rule